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Thursday, September 5, 2019 by JULIA F. SWAN Special to The Press in Columns

Saving the log house

Nestled in the hillside along Powder Valley Road is the Schubert-Graber log house, once home to settlers in the mid-1700s. Considered one of the oldest standing homesteads in Upper Milford Township, this little treasure has been recognized by the U.S. Park Service and placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Hivel Und Dahl Preservation Society has taken up the challenge to save the log house and make it a publicly accessible, gateway park to the scenic, historic Powder Valley area.

Once the house has been restored, the focus will be on the ways the property can be utilized by neighbors and friends. Children may learn how early settlers lived and worked, families may picnic under the maples and participants in the Lehigh County Log Cabin Trail may visit and study the cabin.

The Hivel Und Dahl Preservation Society meets 7 p.m. quarterly on the last Tuesday in March, June, September and November at the Upper Milford Township building. All are welcome. This month’s meeting will be Sept. 24.

The society will sponsor “A Gathering at the Cabin,” 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 14. Stop by the cabin at 6561 Powder Valley Road, Zionsville, and learn more about it and the work the society wants to do. Free hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available. The rain date is Sept. 15.

For additional information, visit www.hivelunddahl.com, the society’s Facebook page, or call Isabel Miller at 610-967-4836.

There are just a few weeks until the Lower Milford Township fall festival, which will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28. If you are a vendor, crafter, demonstrator, nonprofit, food vendor or entertainer, festival organizers are looking for you.

Vendors can set up Friday night or Saturday morning (setup finished by 9:45 a.m. for the safety of attendees). All vendors must remain until the 5 p.m. closing. Call 610-967-4949 for more information, or go to the festival page on the Lower Milford Township website and click to download the registration form.

There will be a silent auction during the festival, with all proceeds going toward the Lower Milford Township National Historic Registry Fund.

The auction will open 10 a.m. and run until 4 p.m. You may bid on items by utilizing the “Buy It Now” feature for the items you love.

Baskets can be picked up 5 p.m. Sept. 28 or by visiting the township office during regular business hours the following week. Appointments can be made if necessary.

Last year the festival had over 1,200 visitors, so don’t miss the chance to sell and show your products and talent to the community.

Mark your calendars for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21, when St. Peter’s Union Church will hold its community yard sale and pig roast. The pig roast, served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will include roast pork, baked potato, corn on the cob and pepper cabbage.

In addition, the yard sale food will feature a light lunch, including hot dogs, soup, baked goods, sodas and more.

Ticket pre-order for the pig roast is suggested, but not required. To purchase a pig roast ticket or rent a table, call Ron at 610-845-2525.

The annual fall antique tractor and implement collectors show will also be held at St. Peter’s Sept. 21, in St. Peter’s Grove, beginning 11 a.m. There will be tractor pulls and lots of other tractor activities.

St. Peter’s is located at 7863 St. Peter’s Road, Macungie, between Seisholtzville and Shimerville.

The Upper Milford Historical Society meets 7 p.m. Sept. 26 where historical society President Neil Moser will talk about the township’s early one-room schools, and display some old photos. Former students of any of those schools are particularly urged to attend. As always, everyone is invited.

For information, call 610-966-4376.

The Ladies Auxiliary of Citizens Fire Company of Vera Cruz will meet 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Vera Cruz Fire Department Social Hall. New members are welcome. The ladies help support the department by lending a hand in fundraising and other assistance when needed.

For more information on fundraisers or how to join the auxiliary, email ladiesaux@vcfd28.com.

The Western District Fire Company, on Route 100, will serve breakfast 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 6. For information on the breakfast, call the fire company at 610-966-3541 or Carol Shade at 610-966-3902.

The Upper Milford Fire Company’s ladies auxiliary meets 7 p.m. Oct. 7. New members are always welcome.

Vera Cruz senior citizens meet 1 p.m. Sept. 5 and 19 at the Vera Cruz Fire Company. All are welcome.

Lower Milford Township supervisors will meet 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5 for a workshop and a regular meeting Sept. 19.

Other Lower Milford meetings are as follows; historical commission, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10; recreation and open space committee, 7 p.m. Sept. 11; planning commission workshop, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16; zoning hearing board, 7 p.m. Sept. 25.

Upper Milford supervisors will meet Sept. 5 and 19. As usual, there is a workshop meeting 7 p.m. followed by the regular meeting 7:30 p.m.

The recreation commission meets 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16. The Joint Environmental Advisory Council will meet 6 p.m. Sept. 23 at Lenape Park, Kings Highway South, Zionsville.

The open space committee meets 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11, only if required to conduct business. Check with the township office to find out if it will meet this month. The emergency services committee meets 7 p.m. Sept. 18, also only if required to conduct business.

If you have news or information for this column, which runs the first Wednesday of every month, please call me at 610-838-8923 or email me at bruce.swan@rcn.com. My deadline is the Wednesday before the first Wednesday of the month.